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#1 User is offline   Valerie B. 

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 12:21 PM

Hello Everyone,
My name is Valerie Bolitho. I retired from Gibson Acoustic in May 2015 after 24 years. I spent most of that time working in the Custom shop. I have been involved in the Gibson Homecoming since it began. I am now taking over organizing the event from Mike Goeke. Mike always has done an awesome job of organizing. I, on the other hand, am still trying to get this whole organizing job figured out. If you would like to register for the homecoming please send your email address to bolithoguitars@gmail.com. I will be sending out emails with information about the homecoming. The dates for the 2017 are June7-10. If you have any questions you can call me (406)539-9229.
If you have never been to a Gibson Homecoming you are missing out on a great event! I always look forward to seeing this group of friends!! Please join us!!
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Posted 06 February 2017 - 12:41 PM

Hi Val-
Nice of you to check in; We’ve heard of you on the forum before- “Hogeye”, as he’s known around here, has mentioned how you were an important part of making some really great guitars in Bozeman for Gibson Montana for many years, and how you might have a guitar or two that many fellow forumites would be interested to hear more about.

Déjà vu all over again: I was just thinking today about wanting to make the homecoming someday, and lamenting how it’s such a busy time of the year that a trip out to Montana would be tough unless it involved red-eye flights and/or weekend travel. Someday, it’s just gotta happen, though.

Enjoy your retirement, even if by the looks of it, you’ve not completely left Gibson!

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#3 User is offline   Valerie B. 

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 11:42 AM

View Post62burst, on 06 February 2017 - 12:41 PM, said:

Hi Val-
Nice of you to check in; We’ve heard of you on the forum before- “Hogeye”, as he’s known around here, has mentioned how you were an important part of making some really great guitars in Bozeman for Gibson Montana for many years, and how you might have a guitar or two that many fellow forumites would be interested to hear more about.

Déjà vu all over again: I was just thinking today about wanting to make the homecoming someday, and lamenting how it’s such a busy time of the year that a trip out to Montana would be tough unless it involved red-eye flights and/or weekend travel. Someday, it’s just gotta happen, though.

Enjoy your retirement, even if by the looks of it, you’ve not completely left Gibson!


Hello to you,
It's too bad you can't make the homecoming! We do have a lot of fun and I have met so many amazing people. I have built custom guitars for some of the people I have met which is a very cool experience. I have my own shop and am finishing my second guitar. I tried to upload pic of my "Wolf" Advanced jumbo but the files were to large. If you would like to see the pics send me your email address!
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#4 User is offline   thirstytom 

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 04:03 PM

hey valerie, https://postimage.io/ this site will allow you to post your images. just copy link of photo
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Posted 23 March 2017 - 02:19 PM

Hi Valerie.
I'm going to try to look into coming this year...
By the way I found your page on Facebook. And saw a picture of Ren with Black Pearl. I can only imagine that it's a commission for JD. I also saw your guitar with the paw print soundholes...
Cheers, and I hope to meet.
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#6 User is offline   Valerie B. 

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 05:44 PM

 ThemisSal, on 23 March 2017 - 02:19 PM, said:

Hi Valerie.
I'm going to try to look into coming this year...
By the way I found your page on Facebook. And saw a picture of Ren with Black Pearl. I can only imagine that it's a commission for JD. I also saw your guitar with the paw print soundholes...
Cheers, and I hope to meet.

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#7 User is offline   Valerie B. 

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 05:56 PM

Hi, I hope you can make it! The Grantee hotel in Bozeman is where the event is held. If you call for reservations make sure you tell them you are with the Gibson homecoming.
Johnny Depp does owm the Black Pearl! That was a fun guitar to work on!
If you send me an email(bolithoguitars@gmail.com)I can add you to the list to receive updates on event.
Hope you can join us!
Val Bolitho
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Posted 28 September 2017 - 11:33 AM

... would LIKE to come, but I am SO far away...
MR GIBS - Gibson Acoustic SJ 200 Custom Elite born on 06.02.2007 in Bozeman Montana USA - K&K Trinity Mini System installed inside
BILLY JOE - Gibson Acoustic J180 Custom Billie Joe Armstrong JAENH1 born on 18.11.2013 in Boseman Montana USA - Fishman VT pickup
COBRA/VIPER - Gibson Acoustic J45 Cobra Burst Limited Run of 75, born on 31.10.2013 in Bozeman Montana USA
MRS SUNNY GIBS - Gibson Acoustic J 35 born on 20.03.2013 in Bozeman, Montana USA -
K&K Trinity Mini System installed inside
...and a lot of non Gibson gear... including
MR GUILD -
Guild Acoustic D 55 born on 13.11.2013 in New Hartford, Connecticut USA - K&K Trinity Mini System installed inside
MRS ROZIE - 12 string Guild Acoustic F-412 born on 10.12.2013 in New Hartford, Connecticut USA - D Tar pickup inside
OLD CHRISTOPHER - Martin HD-28 - born in Nazareth, Pensilvania in 1990 - K&K Triniti Mini System installed inside
ANGELIA - Zemaitis ZAJ 200 - born somewhere in China God only knows when in 20166
ANGEL - PRS Angelus SE - born somewhere in Southern Korea God knows when, Ghost Graph Tech modular system inside for Roland G55
... and some custom made for me guitars that I keep in secret ...
... and some cheep ones ...
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